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"Cultural Appropriation — Uh oh, No-no, or #appropo?": Peter Ho Davies's 2018 Keynote [VIDEO]

To help keep our spirits up and our words flowing, we're sharing Muse and the Marketplace keynote talks and special event videos from GrubStreet's past in a series called "From the Grub Archive." This week, we're sharing a Muse keynote by Peter Ho Davies

The complex craft and publishing debate around cultural appropriation did not start with the American Dirt controversy, and it will always benefit from the kind of thoughtful and humble and grubbily irreverent approach our 2018 speaker Peter Ho Davies took in his Muse 2018 keynote, "Cultural Appropriation — Uh oh, No-no, or #appropo?"

Witty and quick, vulnerable and fierce, Davies told a highly personal story of the ways he was implicated in these questions, both by the controversial critic Lionel Shriver and ... his own wife. After the talk, he sat down with his former MFA student, mega-bestselling author and longtime Grubbie Celeste Ng, to talk through this topic with nuance, mutual respect, humor, and affection. Enjoy! 

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